In this episode of the AGA podcast, Small Talk, Big Topics, our hosts are joined by Drs. Shahnaz Sultan and Joseph Lim to talk about guidelines, how to use them, best practices and how to apply them. After our two distinguished guests introduce themselves, they dive right into the guidelines and their development.
Dr. Shahnaz Sultan, chair of the AGA Clinical Guidelines Committee, talks about the process of how topics are decided to go to a guideline and Dr. Joseph Lim, chair of the AGA Clinical Practice Updates Committee, dives into what goes into creating a Clinical Practice Update (CPU). They explain that it’s a very open process that includes feedback and input from others around the country. Also they describe the AGA Governing Board’s role in this, and how there are times when CPUs become a guideline. Our guests also speak to the timelines of CPU and guideline development — the longest to date, the fastest created, and what goes into those recommendations.